Carnal Knowledge Crimes in Virginia Beach
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Carnal knowledge in Virginia deals outlaws sexual activity with minors. Depending on the circumstances, you may be facing misdemeanor or felony charges. Because of the harsh consequences pursuant to a conviction, getting competent legal counsel is highly recommended.
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What are carnal knowledge laws in Virginia?
Under Virginia law, carnal knowledge is defined as acts of sexual intercourse, oral sex, or sexual penetration with an object involving children aged 13 through 15. It is a Class 4 felony to engage in sexual conduct without force with this age group by an adult.
- If carnal knowledge occurs with a 13 through 15 year-old without force by someone who is also a minor and if the alleged victim is three or more years younger than the accused, it is classified as a Class 6 felony. This charge carries penalties of one year up to five years in prison or one month up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500.
- If the alleged victim is less than three years younger than the accused minor, it is classified as a Class 4 misdemeanor which is punishable by a fine of up to $250.
- If you are above 18 and have sex with a minor who is 13 or 14, this Class 4 felony carries a penalty of two to 10 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $10,000.
It doesn't matter in any of these cases whether the sexual act was consensual. It is considered to be statutory rape. If convicted of carnal knowledge in such a case, you may be required to register as a sex offender which can have a major negative impact on your life and future.
Get Competent Legal Help
When faced with the harsh penalties that can be imposed as a result of a carnal knowledge conviction, you should seek qualified legal help. Our firm may be able to help get the charges or penalties against you reduced. Because of our track history, we know how such cases will be treated in court and how to create the best possible defense. Contact us to discuss your case in a free review as soon as possible.